Here Comes Mother Goose
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Here Comes Mother Goose

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by Iona Opie, Rosemary Wells
     
 
From the award-winning creators of MY VERY FIRST MOTHER GOOSE, an invitation to the simple joy and the sly humor that are the essence of Mother Goose.

Spread the word—here comes Mother Goose—and with her comes an entire procession of best-loved nursery rhyme characters, including Mary Mary Quite Contrary, Simple Simon, Old Mother Hubbard, Little

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From the award-winning creators of MY VERY FIRST MOTHER GOOSE, an invitation to the simple joy and the sly humor that are the essence of Mother Goose.

Spread the word—here comes Mother Goose—and with her comes an entire procession of best-loved nursery rhyme characters, including Mary Mary Quite Contrary, Simple Simon, Old Mother Hubbard, Little Tommy Tucker, the Queen of Hearts, and many more. Joining them is an array of colorful folk you may not have met before: Mrs. Murphy, for instance, and My Aunt Jane; Freda the American Beauty, Bonny Bobby Shaftoe, and Dusty Bill from Vinegar Hill—each of them well worth getting to know, as we're sure you'll agree!

Editorial Reviews

bn.com
Mother Goose is back -- and better than ever! From the award-winning creators of My Very First Mother Goose comes a brand-new, captivating volume of more than 55 favorite nursery rhymes for the very young. Along with best-loved nursery rhyme characters like Mary Mary Quite Contrary, Simple Simon, Old Mother Hubbard, Little Tommy Tucker, and the Queen of Hearts, readers are introduced to lesser-known colorful folk like Mrs. Murphy, My Aunt Jane, Freda the American Beauty, and Dusty Bill from Vinegar Hill. An essential volume for every child's library, Here Comes Mother Goose is joyfully illustrated by Rosemary Wells -- with surprises on every page -- and brings the magic of Mother Goose gloriously alive.

Sesame Street Parents
Guaranteed to be your child's favorite for many years to come, this handsome, oversize collection of nursery rhymes and nonsense is just right for singing and chanting together.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Even if this volume isn't quite as illuminating as Opie and Wells's My Very First Mother Goose, it abounds with charm and wit; there is no one like Opie for collecting traditional verse, and no one like Wells for radiant, childlike visual interpretation. Both exhibit a puckish streak here. Opie, for example, introduces some rhymes that are distinctly American ("Away down east,/ away down west,/ Away down Alabama,/ The only girl that I love best/ Her name is Susianna"); others have a British accent ("I am a Girl Guide/ dressed in blue"). She mischievously transposes the sexes in the classic "What are little boys/girls made of?"; Wells accordingly shows girls playing with frogs, snails and so on, while a troupe of Lilliputian-size boys in toques and bakers' uniforms pose next to comparatively huge spoons, milk bottles, etc. In the previous collection, Wells's ingenious and enlightening pictorial translations were a high spot; here, her gifts manifest themselves in dramatic palettes, clever casting and playful juxtapositions of classic and contemporary motifs. Mother Hubbard, for example, goes shopping on a motor scooter; she appears a second time, with her dog, and readers learn that her first name is Sukey; in a third showing, she figures on a poster for cake, at Banbury Cross. The artist's flair for detail emerges in such flourishes as miniature instruction cards outlining the steps for different dances (e.g., the polka, opposite verse about "My Aunt Jane,/ She came from France,/ To teach to me the polka dance"; the tango, opposite "I danced with a girl with a hole in her stocking"). Beautiful and beguiling, this book will win over just about everyone. Ages 2-up. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Poetry fans will welcome Here Comes Mother Goose, a volume big enough to last through National Poetry Month and beyond. Folklorist Iona Opie and acclaimed illustrator Rosemary Wells team up to bring kids some of the wackiest verse and most whimsical pictures in the history of children's literature. Especially noteworthy is the page design, which plays with typeface and layout for visual pizzazz. 1999, Candlewick. Ages 2 to 6. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763606831
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Series:
My Very First Mother Goose
Edition description:
1st U.S. ed
Pages:
108
Sales rank:
610,727
Product dimensions:
10.56(w) x 11.63(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Iona Opie has dedicated her life to collecting and preserving children's rhymes as art form. She says that she starts every morning with a rhyme. "Nursery rhymes are good for you. I just open a nursery rhyme book at random. This morning I read:
'Taffy was born on a moon-shiny night.

His head in a pipskin,
his heels upright.'"

In a partnership with her late husband, Peter Opie, she has edited many acclaimed books for children's folklore, including THE OXFORD DICTIONARY OF NURSERY RHYMES.

Rosemary Wells is the author and illustrator of more than 60 books for young readers. She has won many awards for her work, including more than 20 ALA Notable Book citations, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW Best Illustrated Book of the Year Award, and the BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK Award. About Mother Goose, she says, "Mother Goose is a real culture. It's the real words of people who lived long ago. These rhymes are a celebration of the English language—it's our history and it's wonderful." Rosemary Wells lives in Briarcliff Manor, New York.

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Here Comes Mother Goose 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It reminded me of the wonderful days of my childhood. I cannot wait to read the rhymes to my child and hear what he thinks of 'Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater'. The illustrations are beautiful and colorful and just plain cute. I would recommend this book if you like to read to your children or if your children read along with you. Great for young children.
Bostonmom More than 1 year ago
Super illustrations make this old favorite great fun. Wonderful for boys and girls!
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